Bower vs. RequireJS vs. Component

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What is Bower?

Bower is a package manager for the web. It offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of front-end package management, while exposing the package dependency model via an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack. There are no system wide dependencies, no dependencies are shared between different apps, and the dependency tree is flat.

What is RequireJS?

RequireJS loads plain JavaScript files as well as more defined modules. It is optimized for in-browser use, including in a Web Worker, but it can be used in other JavaScript environments, like Rhino and Node. It implements the Asynchronous Module API. Using a modular script loader like RequireJS will improve the speed and quality of your code.

What is Component?

Component's philosophy is the UNIX philosophy of the web - to create a platform for small, reusable components that consist of JS, CSS, HTML, images, fonts, etc. With its well-defined specs, using Component means not worrying about most frontend problems such as package management, publishing components to a registry, or creating a custom build process for every single app.

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Why do developers choose Bower?
Why do you like Bower?

Why do developers choose RequireJS?
Why do you like RequireJS?

Why do developers choose Component?
Why do you like Component?


What are the cons of using Bower?
Downsides of Bower?

What are the cons of using RequireJS?
No Cons submitted yet for RequireJS
Downsides of RequireJS?

What are the cons of using Component?
No Cons submitted yet for Component
Downsides of Component?


What companies use Bower?
1049 companies on StackShare use Bower
What companies use RequireJS?
1103 companies on StackShare use RequireJS
What companies use Component?
24 companies on StackShare use Component


What tools integrate with Bower?
6 tools on StackShare integrate with Bower
What tools integrate with RequireJS?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with RequireJS
No integrations listed yet

What are some alternatives to Bower, RequireJS, and Component?

  • npm - The package manager for JavaScript.
  • Yarn - A new package manager for JavaScript
  • Browserify - Browser-side require() the node.js way
  • Duo - A next-generation package manager for the front end

See all alternatives to Bower

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